The emergence of the tech industry in South Florida

There are many who believe South Florida is set to become the next Silicon Valley. Although the tech industry has shown promise, many locals resist that kind of hype. 

Miami’s tech industry is in a phase of explosive growth, but with that growth comes challenges. One of the most problematic barriers for Miami has been its inability to attract top talent. In the past, professionals in the industry have not associated Miami with the tech world. Recently, the younger tech professionals who took the chance on Miami are now advocates for the city’s tech environment. On the other hand, Miami’s close proximity to Latin America presents huge potential for the city. Latin America has a handful of talent along with an untapped market. The cultural connection between Latin America and Miami give the city an advantage over competitors who are also trying to capitalize on the growing middle classes of Latin America. 

Some current leaders in Miami’s tech industry offered advice for the future leaders: 
•    Stay close to your customer’s needs and values
•    Encourage local high schools and colleges to offer high-quality coding classes
•    Be inclusive
•    Think long term
•    Grow with grace

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